Istarted writing this post with the intention of it being part of that new, “What’s In My Makeup Bag” series I started back in September – and then immediately forgot about – but then I realised that none of these products actually live in my makeup bag, do they?
No, they live in my bathroom cabinet.
My recently flooded bathroom cabinet, which, whew, thank God that whole incident happened BEFORE this arrived:
Uber Sonic Electric Toothbrush*
Honestly, I never thought I’d see the day when I’d be describing a toothbrush as “stylish”, but dayum, that is one stylish toothbrush, isn’t it? It’s all sleek and silver, and if you’re thinking I accepted the offer to review it because I was thinking, “That’ll look nice in the bathroom,” you’re partly right. You’re also partly wrong, though: the fact is, teeth are one of the things I firmly believe it’s worth spending money on. I, unfortunately, was not blessed with naturally good teeth (Well, I mean, my teeth ARE actually very healthy, so I guess they’re “good” in that respect…): I’ve spent a small fortune on them over the years (You can read my Invisalign review here…), and while they’re not even close to perfect, I do my best to look after them, so all that money wasn’t wasted.
Enter Uber Sonic. I was already using an electric toothbrush, but this one was particularly interesting to me, because, as well as having a high-speed movement that’s designed to be super-effective at removing bacteria and plaque, it also comes with a subscription service – so, every couple of months, you get replacement brush heads delivered to your door, and every year you get a brand new toothbrush, plus whitening kit. This appeals to me, because, as dedicated as I am to the pursuit of good oral hygiene, replacing the brushes on my toothbrush is one of those things I tend to leave a little longer than I should, so I like the idea of not even having to TRY to remember it.
Oh, and I also like the 35,000 vibrations per minute, which make my teeth feel really, REALLY clean: gotta love that, right?
John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Boosting Shampoo and Conditioner*
As regular readers will probably know, I’m constantly on the lookout for products that will “boost” my natural hair colour without totally changing it. (There’s a list of some ways I do this here…) John Frieda actually used to do an awesome colour gloss which I absolutely loved – and which was naturally discontinued a few years ago now, as most of the products I absolutely love are – so I was really happy when the brand contacted me about their new red boosting shampoo and conditioner.
Now, it’s important to note here that this is NOT the same product as the Radiant Red Colour PROTECTING shampoo and conditioner from the same brand: those are mainly designed to prevent red dye from fading, whereas this new one will add a subtle boost of colour to either natural or dyed red hair.
On my hair, these don’t make a huge change to my natural colour: they do, however, make my hair look that little bit more vibrant, which is exactly what I’m after – and I particularly like the fact that I can get that effect in the shower, without messing around with hair dye, the thought of which, quite frankly, scares me.
With that said, these will be an addition to my usual hair regime rather than a replacement for it: while I love the colour boosting effect they give me, these aren’t quite as good at volumising/conditioning my hair as my usual products are (Which isn’t to say they’re BAD at it, obviously, they’re just not as good…). Then again, my usual products don’t enhance my colour, so, yeah, my shower is looking slightly crowded right now, but it’s all for a good cause, right?
Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser
Yup, I went back to Glossier. I actually mostly went back to buy another tube of the Generation G Lip Colour (no, I haven’t used it up already, I just use it so often I started to worry about how I’d cope if I lost it or something – which is always a consideration for me…), but my existing cleanser was just about to run out at the time, so I decided to get some Milk Jelly Cleanser while I was there.
Honestly, I’m not really sure what to say about this product: I never really am with cleansers, because, it’s like, they clean my face? And then it’s not dirty any more? Aaaand that’s really all I feel I can say about this: er, you can see why I’m not a full-time beauty blogger, huh? The thing is, though, this cleanser didn’t make me break out, or have any negative effect on my skin, but it didn’t really blow me away, either: I mean, yeah, it cleans my skin, it does a good job of it… but, at the same time, it’s not like I use it, and think, “WOW, who is this person with the amazing skin I see in my mirror all of a sudden?” So, yeah, I guess I’m not really seeing the hype over it, although, in its defence, it DOES do the job it promises, so I can’t complain about it either.
Now that I think of it, though, I don’t think I’ve EVER been blown away by ANY cleanser. Am I missing something, or am I just buying mediocre cleansers all the time? Do tell…